Sport Builds Community ConnectionPosted January 25th 2016
Teens with a refugee background and newly arrived in Hamilton will be mentored by others who have been in the city a few years, during a youth programme this week (26-28 January).
Fusion aims to increase up to 30 teens’ connection to their new home through sport, life-skill workshops and introduction to city recreation opportunities.
The programme is a partnership between Ignite Sport Trust and New Zealand Red Cross with funding from Settling In Fund (Office of Ethnic Communities).
Lower-Hutt based Ignite Sport has been running the Fusion programme for the last five years for young people from all over the world, in Porirua, Lower Hutt, Hamilton and Palmerston North.
Fusion team leader Peter Stone says teens from last year’s Hamilton Fusion programme will be helping mentor and translate for the ‘new’ teens during the three-day programme.
“It also gives these young people a chance to develop their own confidence and leadership skills. It’s hard being a teenager anyway but in a new country it can be an extra struggle. Fusion can help these teens build a support network and become more involved in the community.”
Up to 30 students, predominantly from Colombia, Afghanistan and Somalia will be playing dodgeball, badminton, speedball, volleyball and football as well as indoor rock climbing during the programme. Workshops will look at goal setting and recognising talents and strengths.
Peter says local clubs are on board to help with the sports and to show the teens what recreational activities they can be involved in during their spare time.
Please see below for some of the photos from the successful programme.